Happiness is a positive and durable state that is comprised of positive emotions, peaceful mind and contentment with one’s life. How many people experience this tranquility state to how much of an extent is an interesting question. According to an estimate, one fourth of the America population experience unhappiness and low feelings at any particular time. Likewise research carried out by Diener, (1996) in which he gathered data from 916 surveys around the world regarding happiness, contentment and well being, revealed that the common man is moderately happy.

Similarly, research showed 30% of a person’s happiness is contributed by his thinking pattern, reasoning and action. The results also indicated that 50% genetics and 20% circumstances determine one’s happiness level.

Thus, it is still questionable what might be the reason behind one’s unhappy condition and whether it is in our control? Mostly people thought that low income status, poor educational background and other life stressors might be the sole reason behinds one’s unhappy mood and that it is not in their hands to manipulate it. Indeed they believe that happiness is elusive. However, previous research showed that personal income level and living standards has little to do with one’s happiness (Kahneman, 1998). Furthermore, a survey by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that young adulthood are more prone to stress and low mood as compared to middle and late adulthood. Thus, it depicts that age is not a determinant of one’s happiness.

Personality studies showed that particular personality traits are associated with one’s subjective well being. Optimism, extroversion and high self esteem are traits in people that have more peaceful lives than pessimistic, introvert and low self esteem traits. Moreover, various findings supported the genetics role in happiness. It was believed well being is 40-50% inheritable (Lykken, 1996). Cross cultural studies depict that cultural factors also play a vital role in contributing to happiness.

Despite the fact that genetics play a major role behind one’s emotional state as it influences personality traits such as susceptibility to tension, depression and coping with life burdens and stressors of everyday life, Lykken (1996) pointed out that one’s circumstantial events and thought patterns also lend to our experiences. One’s socio economic status, marital status, social circle, education level, religiosity and spirituality contribute 8% to one’s well being and positive emotional state Lykken (1996).



Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Big U Academy, , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Lifestyle Academy. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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